Shelfari edited the themes of Herzog Tuesday, October 12, 2010.
- Edited the description of The Power of Ambiguity: At the end of the novel, Moses claims in a letter to Dr. Edvig that he is more capable of dealing with ambiguities, and that the uncertainty of faith does not prevent it from being a
"relief."God, death, and the future will always be unknown, but we can still be optimistic. Death, which pervades the novel, is the ultimate ambiguity, but Moses eventually learns to accept its existence. He thinks about the death of his father and his mother, faces the prospect of his own death, and comes to believe that life is about the beauty that comes in intervals. He chooses to savor such brief moments of happiness, instead of fearing death.Bellowbeautifies death when he likens it to the soil. Moses' mother tries to prove that God created Adam out of the soil by rubbing her finger into her palm until dirt rises up. When his mother begins to die, he says that "shehad begun to change into earth."Her story and death echoes the biblical phrase from Genesis, "dustthou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."This phrase can sound depressing, but it can also sound like a reassurance that we are all part of a cycle, and we all, great and small, return to dust eventually.